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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 10- Calling the destructive cyberattack on Sony Pictures "a game changer," a top White House official on Tuesday announced a new intelligence unit to coordinate analysis of cyberthreats, modeled on similar U.S. government efforts to fight terrorism. Obama has moved cybersecurity to the top of his 2015 agenda after recent hacking attacks against...

  • Jordan moves thousands of troops to Iraq border Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 11:11 AM ET
    A Jordanian soldier on patrol in Amman, Jordan on Feb. 10, 2015. Jordan moves thousands of troops to Iraq border.

    Jordan deployed "thousands" of troops to the border with Iraq in a campaign against ISIS militants who set a pilot ablaze. NBC News reports.

  • US hostage dead   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 10:07 AM ET
    US hostage dead

    President Obama has confirmed the death of U.S. hostage Kayla Mueller. CNBC's Eamon Javers reports.

  • Obama to seek use of force against ISIS   Monday, 9 Feb 2015 | 2:57 PM ET
    Obama to seek authority to use force against ISIS

    According to Reuters President Obama is expected to ask congress by Wednesday to use force against ISIS, reports CNBC's John Harwood.

  • ISIS claims female American hostage killed in air strike

    ISIS has claimed a female American hostage has been killed in an air strike, reports CNBC's Sue Herera. Claims have not yet been verified by the U.S.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 5- The United States is pressing Cuba to allow the opening of its embassy in Havana by April, U.S. officials told Reuters, despite the Communist island's demand that it first be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. A refusal by Cuba to allow the United States to quickly establish an official embassy for the first time in half a...

  • Saudi Fin Min talks US relations after 9/11 rumors   Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 5:10 AM ET
    Saudi Fin Min discusses 9/11 rumors

    Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, finance minister of Saudi Arabia, discusses his country's relationship with the U.S., following rumors that Saudi royals funded the 9/11 attacks.

  • What the US needs to do to defeat ISIS Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 2:34 PM ET
    Members of the Iraqi Kurdish forces stand at the Khubbaz oil field, some 25 km west of the northern city of Kirkuk, as smoke billows in the background on February 2, 2015, a fews days after Peshmerga forces and police retook the area from Islamic State (IS) group.

    If the US is serious about defeating ISIS, it needs to arm the Kurds—or this is going to wind up in US boots on the ground, says David Phillips.

  • HUSAYNAT, Egypt, Feb 4- At a remote spot in the Sinai desert last month, a commander of Egypt's most feared Islamist group outlined his hopes of toppling the country's government. "We will create an Islamic state in Egypt," he said. The militant said he was from the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group, which has killed hundreds of security forces since the military ousted...

  • ISIS video purports to show murder of Jordan pilot Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 1:38 PM ET
    ISIS Jordanian pilot

    The video comes just days after ISIS militants beheaded a Japanese journalist, NBC News reports.

  • Islamic State burns Jordanian pilot alive   Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 1:03 PM ET
    Islamic State burns Jordanian pilot alive

    The Islamic State burned a captive Jordanian pilot alive, reports CNBC's Eamon Javers.

  • What 'American Sniper' says about 2016 election Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 11:39 AM ET
    Bradley Cooper in "American Sniper"

    Hey, 2016 presidential candidates — Are you paying attention to what "American Sniper" is telling you?

  • TOKYO, Feb 1- The beheading of two Japanese citizens by Islamic State militants is fanning calls to allow Japan's long-constrained military to conduct overseas rescue missions as part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push for a more muscular security posture. Even some advocates of legal changes to make rescues possible, however, say Japan's military faces big...

  • Islamic State says it beheaded second Japanese hostage Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 | 10:51 PM ET
    Junko Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto, speaks to reporters while her husband Yukio Ishido stands beside her at their home in Tokyo on February 1.

    Islamic State militants said they had beheaded a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto.

  • *Abe defiant, says Japan will step up aid to IS opponents. *Japan opposition says no need to provoke militants. The hardline Islamist group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, released the video showing a hooded man standing over Goto with a knife to his throat, followed by footage of a head put on the back of a human body.

  • Japan hostage negotiations with militants 'deadlocked' Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 | 5:56 AM ET
    Japan's State Minister for Foreign Affairs Yasuhide Nakayama speaks to the media outside the Japanese embassy

    Efforts by Japan and Jordan to secure the release of two of their nationals held captive by Islamic State militants remain "deadlocked" and the situation remains highly unpredictable, Japanese officials said.

  • What is ISIS' motive for taking foreign hostages?   Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 7:22 PM ET
    What is ISIS' motive for taking foreign hostages?

    ISIS intends to use Japan's hostage crisis to increase its own profile, says Stephen Nagy, Associate Professor for Politics & International Relations at International Christian University.

  • ISIS sets new deadline for hostage swap Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 2:07 AM ET
    Militant Islamist fighters parade on military vehicles along the streets of northern Raqqa province, June 30, 2014.

    An audio message from a Japanese captive held by ISIS militants said a captured Jordanian pilot would be killed unless an Iraqi prisoner was released.

  • Sen. McCain: Arm free Syrian army   Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 8:31 AM ET
    Sen. McCain: Arm free Syrian army

    We need a strategy, says Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.), discussing transition in Saudi Arabia amid instability in the Middle East and ISIS terror attacks.

  • Mother of Japanese ISIS captive begs PM to save son Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 1:53 AM ET

    The mother of ISIS captive appealed for his life after a released video saying he had 24 hours left unless Jordan released a would-be suicide bomber.